First knowledge wise I am just another user. Most people would burn the ISO to a flash drive/usb stick that is formatted fat32 or exfat. Then boot that. I do not think it matters what filesystem type the flash drive is formatted as anyway.
As I understand things when an OM Lx .iso file is “burned” to a flash drive this is literally copying the .iso to the flash drive so what is in the .iso file is going to be what is on the flash drive. As I understand things for OM Lx ISO’s that is going to be a 2+ GB squashfs partition and a tiny fat16 partition for UEFI booting.
Given that when a user installs OM Lx the default file system type is ext4 I do not understand what is missing about ext4 support.
FWIW “burning” an OM Lx .iso file to a flash drive is normally using some version of dd command. The OpenMandriva recommended command to burn an .iso file to a flash drive is, and has been:
$ sudo dd if=<iso_name> of=<usb_drive> bs=4M
Replace <iso_name> with the path to the ISO and <usb_drive> with the device node of the USB drive, such as /dev/sdb. The recommended ROSA Image Writer is simply a front end to run that command. (I believe SUSE Studio ImageWriter also does exactly the same.)
Huh? Do you mean m.2 SSD? When you say USB I think you are talking about USB flash drive. Your post would make more sense if we are talking about a m.2 SSD but there is still something I find confusing.
I still do not understand this. Why would you think we would or could remove support for ext4 when that is the default fs for OM Lx.
I am OM QA Team member and do a lot of testing. I have installed all versions of OM Lx. Literally 100’s of installations on hardware and in VirtualBox. Most of the time I use ext4 as default file system for /, /home, and /Data partitions. I do not recall any problem with using ext4 fs ever. (Occasionally I do tests using f2fs, xfs, of btrfs for / and /home.)
Right now I am typing this post on an OM Lx 4.2 system installed on ext4 file system. So I am clueless as to what support may be missing.
For this go to #openmandriva-cooker @ Freenode IRC. Alternatively if you prefer matrix you can go here and click on Chat and find #openmandrva-cooker there. IRC is not instant communication, it is common that one needs to be patient but someone will answer in time.
I’ll have to look at this when I get time. Also you probably will get better advice from developers at the Cooker channel on IRC.
Don’t give up. This is very much a situation where you want to go on IRC and talk to @TPG about this. On IRC he is usually tpg or some variation of TPG. Also bero and crazy might be able to help you to find a way to get this to work. Or they could explain why it was important to remove that support.
Or tell if we can make a separate installer for this use case?
Ask Why this needed to be removed? Any consequences to bring it back?
We are a small group all volunteer, part-time, unpaid contributors and sometimes this has advantages. Granted there are disadvantages also.
If you have some skills you could end up working with them on these packages.
What you are doing may fit in with @bero’s effort to get well working real OpenMandriva Lx on low cost hardware with aarch64. Boxes for € 150 that willl actually function as a reasonably functional desktop or notebook.
It is late. Hope this makes sense and is helpful.
Did find the Videos. Whether I am smart enough to understand is the next test.
That was interesting in removing ext4. I booting from USB and DVD on the live ISO. I believe DVD using iso9660. Considering other use cases, adding ext4 keeps other options open without comprising the size of the ISO (USB size or DVD size).